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Bamboo home scoops international prize

A 23-year-old designer has won the £50,000 first place in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ Cities for our Future competition for a bamboo home that can be built at a cost of just £50-60/sq m. The CUBO stilted dwellings can also perch above the rainwater and their roofs are designed to capture rainwater.

Earl Patrick Forlales’ CUBO communal housing unit is built using treated and laminated bamboo. Bamboo itself is a very interesting material as it releases more oxygen than trees, grows extremely quickly, and can be harvested on poor quality land without degrading the soil.

With Manila’s population mushrooming and the number of migrant labourers on the rise, Forlales’ bamboo homes could provide a low-cost solution to mitigate overcrowding.

The designer says he has picked out a plot of land in Manila tor the first CUBO communal housing units and hopes to fund this project by selling waste plastics to factories.

With bamboo spearing forth across Asia, this housing solution could be viable anywhere this grass is grown.

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